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fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe.

Byline: Reprint from Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe

Author: Marilyn Monroe

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.

Date of Publication: 2010

Pages: 239

“Goodbye Norma Jean
. . . And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind”
- from Candle in the Wind by Elton John

“And too many moonlight kisses,
Seem to cool in the warmth of the sun”
- from When I Fall in Love by Victor Young/Edward Heyman/Marilyn Monroe

fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe a compilation of letters, notes and poetry penned by Marilyn Monroe further feeds the legend of beauty that was Marilyn. Marilyn Monroe was a stunningly beautiful and critically acclaimed Hollywood actress. In her early life she was an orphan and was abandoned to multiple foster homes. She had serial love relationships that broke taking its toll on her health, she committed suicide in 1962. She is best remembered for the films Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch, Bus Stop, Some Like it Hot, and The Misfits amongst others. The book was compiled and edited by filmmaker Stanley Buchthal and screenwriter and translator Bernard Comment.

This book is a beautiful gift, the actual pages of her hand written notes are photographed and presented with a page of type written for clarity. Most of the notes are her hand printing, some are written in flowering script and some of the beginning pages are typewritten (these beginning pages were about her first husband and it was as if she was beginning to write an autobiography). The notes are an intimate portrait of a beautiful young woman, she is sensitive, very intelligent, very hurt, a free spirit, a Poet. Themes of her notes are her broken relationships with the men in her life; daily activities e.g. thoughts about the people riding the bus with her, thoughts about if she will be able to deliver a good performance as she did not like to let people down; notes to clarify her feelings; thoughts about surgery, psychiatry and acting; thoughts about Lee Strasberg’s acting class; early childhood memories; letters to her doctors; a song list; a menu list and some ephemera. Sometimes the notes are from notebooks, sometimes from Waldorf Astoria or Parkside House stationery, or from letters, an interview.

As thoughts some of the offerings are original poetic forms. As a Poet, this Writer recognizes some of the writings as crib notes, the writing down of ideas that are later formed and constructed into a poetry offering. And some of the notes, stand alone as poetry.


I am of both of your directions

Somehow remaining hanging downward

the most

but strong as a cobweb in the

wind – I exist more with the cold glistening frost.

But my beaded rays have the colors I’ve

seen in a painting- ah life they

have cheated you”

“Stones on the walk

every color there is

I stare down at you

like a horizon-

the space/the air is between us beckoning

and I am many stories up

my feet frightened

as I grasp towards you”

Some of the writings deal with her suicidal feelings around her broken childhood and broken marriages. Some of the writings are quite introspective, as if she is viewing herself outside a shattered perspective, because of her painful experiences.

“It’s not to much fun to know yourself to well or think you do –

everyone needs a little conceit to carry them through and past the falls”

Rather traditional and in Renaissance, this poem reminds me of John Dowland’s “Weep ye’ no more sad fountains”:

“Sad, sweet trees –

I wish for you - rest

but you must be wakeful”

and is like an Haiku.

This writer remembers the story of how she helped Ella Fitzgerald get a singing booking at the very popular Mocambo club in Hollywood. African American artists were often discriminated against in the 1950's America. Marilyn Monroe called the owner of the club and told him if he would let Ella Fitzgerald sing at the Mocambo she would sit at one of the front tables every night. She said the press would love it.

Writer Arthur Miller, a husband of Marilyn Monroe said, “To have survived, she would have had to be either more cynical or even further from reality than she was. Instead, she was a poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pulling at her clothes.” It was as if her great beauty eclipsed how the American male audience viewed her, as if reducing her to an object, an ideal that people worshipped, a public fantasy of love that ignored who she really was. The objectification of women is a violence, it is trespass, it is a symptom of an unhealthy society. If she had lived and developed her writing arts calling she could have become a brilliant Poet, as it was she was a brilliant Oracle/Artist in her own right. She existed as a bright soul, as goddess, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, such brilliance in a violent and war-ridden world. Once she said, “People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person.” Often big spirit people challenge people, sometimes they remind them of ex-lovers who have left or people compare themselves and come up wanting, in a world where a majority of people suffer broken serial marriages it is difficult for people to be happy in themselves. In a happier world all people would be married to their Starcrossed or more suited lover, to a happier world in the New Economy.

fragments: poems, intimate notes, letters by Marilyn Monroe reveals the real Marilyn in her own words. Marilyn Monroe an icon of our times.

Genre: Poetry, New Age, Women's Literature

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